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ST. LOUIS, MO, (Special to SLFP.com), July 14, 2019 - Construction has begun on a 200-foot-tall, giant observation St. Louis wheel with 42 climate-controlled gondolas as part of the $187 million family entertainment complex at St. Louis Union Station.
Each gondola weighs 1,500 lbs. and is six feet long, five feet wide and five feet high. The gondolas will hold up to eight people each and a maximum of 1,380 lbs. The Swiss-made gondolas have a glass exterior, interior lights and two-way communication with the operator. The VIP gondola has glass floors, leather bucket seats and other amenities.
At the top, passengers will be able to see a distance of nearly 20 miles. The ride, open every day of the year, wil take 12 to 15 minutes. One rotation takes two minutes. The St. Louis Wheel is expected to open in October 2019.
Surrounding the St. Louis Wheel, guests can enjoy the new Carousel at St. Louis Union Station. The classic merry-go-round will feature 30 whimsical animals and two themed chariots. The 36-foot-wide carousel also is manufactured by Chance Rides of Wichita, KS. It will open in conjunction with the St. Louis Wheel and will be open seasonally. An 18-hole mini-golf course also will open near the wheel as part of the new entertainment complex.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station -The 120,000 square-foot, two story aquarium will be open 365 days of the year from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will manage more than one million gallons of water. You'll find 13,000 aquatic animals in the water including sharks and rays. The area will also have special spaces for weddings, receptions, dinners and meetings.
The St. Louis Wheel - The St. Louis Wheel, a 200 foot high observation wheel with 42 fully enclosed, climate controlled and ADA compliant gondolas that seat up to six adults each. Wheel passengers will take three to four rotations high over the St. Louis skyline during the 10 to 12 minute ride. The St. Louis Wheel will be a new iconic attraction on the St. Louis skyline and will be operational every day of the year. (Opening August)
Rope Course at Union Station - Do you have what it takes to soar 3-stories up? Test your agility, strength and nerves on our indoor Ropes Course overlooking historic Union Station. With more than 90,000-cubic feet of climbing space and over 45 obstacles, including a 100-foot long SkyRail® and a course specifically designed for the little ones. You are in control of where to go and what to do, making this a sure hit for adventurers of all ages and skill level! (Opening November)
Mirror Maze at Union Station - Experience one of the iconic attractions of the 1904 World's Fair, reimagined in this A-Maze-ing experience for the entire family. Navigate your way through our the labyrinth of mirrors, test your World's Fair knowledge with our interactive experiences, and explore the curiosities in our Fun House. (Opening November)
Mini Golf at Union Station - Perfect for families and beginner golfers, our beautifully-landscaped 18-hole course will feature a variety of interactive elements, a fun yet challenging design and is ADA-accessibility. The 200-ft tall St. Louis Wheel will create the perfect backdrop for family fun! (opening August)
Carousel at Union Station - Whether creating new memories or re-living those of your childhood, a ride on one of our beautifully-designed horses or exotic animals is sure to delight the young and young-at-heart. Located beneath the historic Union Station trainshed, this is an experience you will not want to miss! (Opening August)
New Dining at Union Station:
The Train Shed - Located in the heart of Union Station, this art deco meets industrial restaurant and bar will showcase St. Louis in the time of our World's Fair. Creative cuisine, pre-prohibition cocktails and a curated selection of craft beer offers something for everyone. (Opening November)
1894 Café - Located on the second floor of Union Station, this casual family-friendly café will facilitate aquarium goers with a great bite and convenience. Unique sandwiches, bright salads and quick snacks, this is a sure stop while at Union Station. (Opening November)
St. Louis Union Station Soda Fountain - Situated between the carousel and aquarium, this shop will offer many spins on ice cream sundaes, boozy drinks, phosphate sodas, old-time candy, popcorn with a classic grill making sandwiches and burgers. The atmosphere submerses you into a fifties Soda Fountain with our own creative spin. (opening August)
St. Louis Union Station - A National Historic Landmark with Memories As Major Rail Hub
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - Saint Louis Union Station, a massive, Romanesque-style building, designed by architect Theodore Link in 1894, was once the largest and busiest railroad terminal in the world.
In 1976, the St. Louis Union Station was designated a National Historic Landmark. After an extensive $150 million restoration, the facility, including an expansive 11.5 acre trainshed reopened in 1985 with a hotel, unique marketplace of shops, assortment of fine restaurants and cafes, live entertainment and a lake with boats ... all under one roof.
Today, the Grand Hall features a 65-foot, barrel-vaulted ceiling of unsurpassed fresco and gold leaf detailing, mosaics, Tiffany-designed, stained glass over the entrance, scale models of trains and statues, an award-winning 3-D projection mapping light show, new furnishings and a 65-foot-long bar.
Visitors can discover the Station's past and present with a self-guided walking tour through one of the nation's most significant rail stations and restoration projects by Lodging Hospitality Management, owners of the entire Union Station complex and St. Louis Union Station Hotel, located in what is known as the Headhouse.
Across from Union Station is Aloe Plaza and the magnificent "Meeting of the Waters Fountain, by Carl Milles, with elaborate bronze sculptural pieces representing the meeting of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.
Today, elements of Old Saint Louis remain as Laclede's Landing, a nine - block industrial area that once housed companies producing coffee, leather goods, mattresses, tobacco, whiskey, candy and machinery for the barges. The historic area is located north of the Gateway Arch. At night, horse drawn carriages and live music add to the downtown atmosphere. Nearby, sightseeing excursions and gaming boats offer additional choices for entertainment.
Union Station is located at 1820 Market Street, between 18th and 20th Streets. The historic building is north of I-64 and just four blocks west of Scottrade Center. The landmark is within walking distance of Busch Stadium and the Gateway Arch.
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